VALA2016 Proceedings

 

The VALA2016 18th Biennial Conference and Exhibition was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia from 9 - 11 February 2016. 

The following papers were presented at VALA2016. See also the VALA2016 Program.

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Collaborative development of a multi-disciplinary research infrastructure for vocabulary creation, management, publication, discovery, access and re-use

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 11: Describing IT
Wednesday 10 February 2016, 14:20 - 14:50
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Rowan Brownlee, Adrian Burton, Jane Frazier and Richard Walker

Australian National Data Service, ACT

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Abstract

The use of controlled vocabularies increases the value of data resources by improving discovery, interoperability, and re-usability. The Australian National Data Service (ANDS), in partnership with members of Australian research organisations, is developing a user-driven vocabulary service to support Australian research groups, universities, and research libraries to find and use published vocabularies, as well as to create, manage, and publish new vocabularies. This paper follows the evolution of the development of the service. It provides a technical overview of the systems involved as well as a proposed model for support, outreach and responding to community need.

 

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Transforming Learning Resources: improving accessibility and engagement for students and teaching staff

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 12: Reading Lists
Wednesday 10 February 2016, 13:45 - 14:15
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Loretta Atkinson and Natalie Hull

University of Queensland

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The University of Queensland Library maintains a centralised Learning Resources Service in support of teaching and learning within the University. This paper discusses the recent implementation of a learning resources application, Talis Aspire. The drivers for moving to a new application were to ensure student engagement with learning resources is enhanced, teaching staff are integrated with ownership of reading lists, and the potential for increased staff efficiency is supported by real performance data.

 

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A global and institutional resource-list repository: a treasure trove for deriving new insights and providing innovative services

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 12: Reading Lists
Wednesday 10 February 2016, 14:20 - 14:50
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Tamar Sadeh

Ex Libris, Israel

Janet Fletcher

UNSW Australia, NSW

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Abstract

Used for teaching a course, a resource list represents a persistent yet dynamic corpus of materials focused on a particular topic. Today, creating, maintaining, and monitoring resource lists; providing materials for them; and accessing their contents usually require multiple, non-integrated workflows and prevent the lists from realising their potential. Resource-list solutions, such as the one described here (Ex Libris Leganto), facilitate list creation through cross-system workflows involving the library. With an easy-to-use interface and new types of services, such solutions are expected to increase academics’ and students’ engagement and maximise the lists’ contribution to teaching and learning.

 

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There's An Ambiguous Road Sign that Reads 'bibframe' and a Fork in the Road. Do You Take It?

VALA2016 PLENARY SESSION 4
Wednesday 10 February 2016, 16:20 - 17:30
Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2016-proceedings/vala2016-plenary-4-ford
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Kevin Ford

AVPreserve

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The Bibframe ontology contains minimally 3 forks, independent projects begun with a copy of an existing project and no assumption that changes in the new fork can be merged with its root. What produced this fragmentation? Are differences reconcilable? If so, by what means? If not, what are the alternatives? Is Bibframe's stricture to produce a single RDF model causing more problems than it solves? This talk will explore these questions, discussing how this fragmented reality emerged when the primary - if not singular - objective is to create a data model and format the library community could embrace with the same fidelity MARC has enjoyed for nearly 50 years.

 

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Nancy Proctor
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The Museum as Start-up

VALA2016 PLENARY SESSION 5
Thursday 11 February 2016, 9:00 - 10:15
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Nancy Proctor

Baltimore Museum of Art

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The museum business model is broken: overly dependent on the largess of a dying breed of philanthropists and unable to demonstrate impact and social value to younger, civic-minded audiences, museums risk sinking into irrelevance as well as bankruptcy. With unique constraints that would daunt the most bullish of investors, museums cannot be run like typical consumer-serving businesses. But in this discussion of the future and sustainability of the museum model, Nancy Proctor will ask how museums might reboot in the “era of the citizen” as “lean start-ups”: agile, iterative, and entrepreneurial in nature.

 

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UOW History Archives Portal: collaboration between the University of Wollongong Library and the History Program to deliver innovative access to digital archives

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 13: Digitisation Adventures
Thursday 11 February 2016, 10:50 - 11:20
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Kerry Ross, Glenn Mitchell, Fiona Macdonald and Susan Jones

University of Wollongong, NSW

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There are clear indications that online access to digital archival material is transforming historical scholarship. To date, the role of libraries and archives is primarily in the production and dissemination of this resource. Closer collaboration between historians and the creators and administrators of digital archives is an emerging area of interest for those seeking to contribute to future developments in methodologies around the use of digital archives in teaching and research. The case study in this paper reports on a work-in-progress collaboration to enhance the discovery of digital archival materials in teaching and research at the University of Wollongong.

 

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